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. tonight, breaking news from washington. the president set to address the nation. and on capitol hill at this hour, the standoff over the secret memo now in president trump's hands. written by republicans in the house, a classified memo on the russia investigation, criticizing the fbi. democrats pouncing tonight. what they now want. and when will the public see it? meantime, president trump's first state of the union address, just hours away now. it will be on the economy and on jobs. but tonight, what the president will not talk about. and what he told me today about unifying the country. the deadly flu emergency in this country, and new concerns tonight about the high demand for tamiflu, used to fight the virus. families scrambling to find it. one pharmacy selling 100 bottles in just an hour. 38 minutes of panic, and
tonight, we learned why that worker sounded the alarm in hawaii after all. warning of an incoming missiles it turns out he thought the threat was real. breaking news at this hour. the helicopter crashing into a home, reporting of multiple injuries. and too close for comfort. the russian fighter jet buzzing a u.s. navy plane. that jet coming within just five feet. good evening from washington. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy tuesday night. we are here in the nation's capital because president trump will address the nation tonight in his first state of the union address. focusing on jobs and the economy. but russia is the breaking headline as we come on the air tonight. the drama playing out right now over a classified memo that reportedly alleges misconduct by top officials at the justice department. the memo written by the staff of house intelligence committee chairman devin nunes. a fierce defender of the president, and a fierce critic
of the russia investigation. at this hour, democrats say it is a partisan attempt to discredit the investigation and the special counsel, robert mueller. and tonight, we've now learned that that memo will be made public within five days unless the president objects. and that memo is now in the president's hands. abc's mary bruce leading us off from the hill tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the future of the classified republican memo is now in the president's hands. republicans argue it exposes political bias at the fbi that may have tainted the early stages of the russia investigation. republicans on the house intelligence committee, in an unprecedented move, voted to release it. >> there may have been malfeasance by people at the fbi. so, it is our job in conducting transparent oversight of the executive branch to get to the bottom of that. >> reporter: the memo was written by the staff of republican intelligence committee chairman devin nunes, one of the president's top allies. according to "the new york times," it claims the justice department acted inappropriately when getting a surveillance
warrant for former trump campaign advisor carter page, who they suspected could be a russian agent. the request to renew that warrant made by deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, the man overseeing the russia investigation. trump supporters say it calls into question the integrity of the russia probe. >> this makes watergate looks like a snickers bar. >> reporter: but democrats say it's nothing more than a political hit job, and accused republicans of cherry picking the raw intelligence. >> this committee voted to put the president's personal interest, perhaps their own political interest, above the national interest. >> reporter: democrats produced their own memo with their side of the story, but republicans say they need more time to review it before it can be released. why not release all the information at the same time? do a bipartisan process? >> we think the republican memo does that, and we'll treat the democrat memo exactly the same way. >> reporter: the justice department originally said releasing the memo without their review would be "extraordinarily
reckless." now the fbi director has seen it, but isn't commenting. and the man behind the memo, gop chairman nunes -- he's not commenting, either. >> i'm just not addressing any comments outside of the committee. we don't talk committee business in the hallway. >> mary bruce is live up on the hill tonight, and mary, we were both in the room with paul ryan today. i asked speaker ryan if that memo should be seen by the public. he was emphatic, he said yes, but he didn't say the same thing when we asked about the memo written by the democrats. the rebuttal. >> reporter: yeah, david. republicans argue that they need more time to vet this democratic memo before it can be released publicly. meanwhile, we're told that the president wants that republican memo to be released publicly, but not before the white house lawyers have time to carefully review it. tonight, we're told the president still has not seen the memo. if he does not make a decision, david, in these coming days, that memo will be made public. >> all right, in the meantime, that memo sits at the white house tonight. mary bruce leading under the circumstances off, thank you.
high stakes this evening for president trump, who will stand before the congress and the nation in just a few hours now, delivering his first state of the union address. we'll told he will focus on the economy tonight, immigration, national security. and today, while at the white house, a tradition for anchors from all the networks to meet with the president off the record. president trump did tell me on the record what he would consider a great achievement. abc senior white house correspondent cecilia vega with that tonight. >> reporter: president trump's first state of the union address shrouded in secrecy. only a handful of close aides seeing the final product. >> we worked on it hard. covered a lot of territory including our great success with the markets and with the tax cut. and it's a big speech, an important speech. >> reporter: a senior white house official tells abc news the president gave specific instructions -- he wants this speech to be positive and uplifting. today, sitting down with television anchors, he told david, "i want to see the country united, to bring it back from tremendous divisiveness,"
adding, "i will consider it a great achievement if i could make the country united." in his first address to a joint session of congress, the president promised -- >> the time for trivial fights is behind us. >> reporter: what came next? a year of controversy and bitter partisan battles, with robert mueller's russia investigation looming over it all. the president is not expected to mention russia tonight. today at the white house, he met with some of the first lady's guests, each representing a key theme. a family benefiting from the president's new tax plan. a father affected by the nation's opioid crisis. and to highlight the need for tougher border security, parents of two daughters killed by ms-13 gang members. protests, some bringing dreamers those undocumented immigrants brought to the u.s. as children, and dozens of lawmakers wearing black tonight in support of the "me too" movement. >> so, let's get to cecilia vega, live at the white house tonight. and cecilia, the president telling me today, you saw there,
he wants to unite the country, get rid of the divisiveness. unclear how much of the address will concentrate on that, but you're learning there were many voices at the table who helped him sort of craft this speech? >> reporter: and david, some of the names are going to give you a sense of the themes that president trump will hit on tonight. h.r. mcmaster, gary cone and stephen miller, the president's immigration hard liner senior policy as slider. i'm told that president trump for the last few weeks have been sending to aides words and key phrases that he wants to use tonight, and he's done full dress rehearsals for the last two days. he's making final preps all day here at the white house. >> all right. and cecilia, you have reporting who will give the democratic response? >> reporter: david, joseph kennedy, the congressman from massachusetts, he is the grandson of bobby kennedy, will be giving this democratic response tonight. >> cecilia vega live at the white house. cecilia, we'll see you in a few. and i'll be joining george and the entire political team, cecilia, mary, jon karl, for the president's state of the union address. that begins at 9:00 p.m. eastern
right here. in the meantime, one more major headline tonight. abc news has learned that the special counsel is seeking to interview the man who spokesperson for the president's team? what did he see that he did not like? abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: he was the spokesman for president trump's legal team. >> good afternoon, everyone, i'm mork reco mark corallo. >> reporter: an insider often called upon to give explanations. but tonight, abc news is learning more details about what allegedly caused mark corallo to abruptly leave the trump team. something the special counsel apparently wants to talk to him about, as robert mueller aggressively pursues the possibility of obstruction of justice. corallo quit in july, sources say, in part because he was concerned that some in president trump's camp were looking to unearth negative information about mueller, in an effort to find potential conflicts of interest for mueller, whose investigation the president has repeatedly called a witch hunt. >> the entire thing has been a
witch hunt. >> reporter: corallo also resigned less than two weeks after news broke of that now-infamous trump tower meeting involving the president's son, don jr., and a group of russians. mueller apparently wants to find out exactly what corallo knows about don jr.'s initial misleading statement, which the president helped write from aboard air force one, saying that meeting was "primarily about the adoption of russian children." days later, e-mails revealed don jr. agreed to meet the russians because he had been promised dirt on hillary clinton by the russian government. >> in retrospect, i probably would have done things a little differently. >> reporter: michael wolff's new book portrays corallo as troubled by the president's involvement in crafting that first misleading statement. wolff writing, "corallo believed the meeting on air force one represented a likely obstruction of justice." >> pierre thomas and his team breaking this story tonight. and pierre is with us. and you have reporting tonight that the special counsel reached out to corallo's attorneys, in the last two weeks? >> reporter: david, negotiations are under way for mueller's team
to interview corallo. the likely topic, any concerns he had about obstruction of justice. tonight, his attorney declined to comment, david. >> pierre thomas, our thanks to you. we are following a lot of other news tonight. the deadly flu emergency this evening. news of another 7-year-old boy losing his life. 39 states now reporting high flu activity, you can see them all lit up in red on the map. and in some of those high flu states, hospital beds are now in short supply. and so is tamiflu. abc's steve osunsami is at the cdc in atlanta tonight. >> reporter: tashalina blackman, her four kids and her husband are all fighting the flu tonight. the doctor prescribed tamiflu, the anti-viral drug that helps considerably, but finding any took them two days and more than a dozen trips to pharmacies up and down chicago. >> no one has the medicine in stock. >> reporter: the cdc and the people who make the drug underline tonight that there's plenty available. the problem is getting it to pharmacies, like this one in south carolina, fast enough. in one hour, they sold a
hundred bottles. >> this is the first year i've seen in probably a decade that there's such short supply that you're scrambling to get it from your wholesaler. >> reporter: even with medication, the flu can kill. 7-year-old kevin baines died over the weekend in virginia. >> we tried to give him the medication and everything we was supposed to do, and he just wasn't getting any better. >> reporter: at grady hospital in atlanta, both the drug and bed space are in high demand because of the flu. >> every bed is full. so, not only are we full in the emergency department, our colleagues upstairs are full, as well. >> so, let's get right back to steve at the cdc again tonight. and steve, some of the biggest pharmacy chains say they're working to get tamiflu, or at least a generic version? >> reporter: that's right, david. cvs, walgreens say they have a good supply, but the amount can vary from store to store, which is why they say it's a great idea to call first. david? >> steve osunsami with us again tonight. we turn next to a disturbing
new report at this hour about the suspect in the murder of college student blaze bernstein, found stabbed to death while home in california on winter break. a former classmate from high school, samuel woodward, arrested for his murder, and tonight, the investigative website pro publica is reporting that woodward was part of a fascist group, traveling to texas for military tile training. prosecutors have already said they have not ruled out a hate crime. bernstein was gay and jewish. we turn to the economy tonight. your money, your 401(k)s, and as we reported at the top, president trump will likely point to major gains in the stock market tonight since he was elected, but it has been a rare and volatile 24 hours on the dow. look at this today. plunging 362 points. the ig best drop in eight months, after a triple-digit loss yesterday, as well. let's get right to abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis, outside the new york stock exchange tonight. we know one of the reasons, several big companies today, their ceos revealing plans to fix healthcare and insurance
companies reacted. >> reporter: that's right, david. the news weighed heavily on insurance stocks. word today that amazon, jp more gan and berkshire hathaway are teaming up to create an independent health care company for their employees. a feeling on wall street that we're in a period now of raising interest rates. and as they rise, the cost of borrowing gets more expensive, such that people and businesses have to spend more to borrow money. sometimes that means they will borrow less, and that will slow the economy down. but you have to look at all of this in context. if you look at the last year, the dow now, david, is up 31%. that means your 401 ks are doing better, as well. >> and the president likely to point that out a few hours from now. rebecca, thank you. the u.s. navy reporting a very close and, quote, unsafe encounter with a russian aircraft over the black sea. releasing this brief clip of yesterday's encounter. the russian jet crossing the american aircraft's path. its weapons visible under its wings. the u.s. recon chance plane on a
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>> this is not a drill. >> reporter: tonight, the worker who sent more than 1 million hawaiians into a panic with the warning that a ballistic missile was heading for the islands -- fired. >> if you are outdoors, seek immediate shelter. >> reporter: terrified residents running for shelter. a desperate father dropping his daughter down a manhole for protection. hawaii's emergency management initially blaming that worker for pushing the wrong button, but investigators now say he believed there was a missile heading for hawaii. the colossal mistakes began when a super visor conducted a no-notice ballistic missile defense drill. the supervisor plays a recording over the phone which says, "exercise, exercise, exercise," but also including the language "this is not a drill." while five others listening on speaker understand it was an exercise, investigators say the worker thinks it is real, sending the alert.
>> he froze, and another employee had to take over his responsibilities. >> reporter: so, for 38 minutes, the panic continues until they finally send the all-clear. >> and martha raddatz with us here in washington. you're learning about three other workers who resigned or were suspended, but what about that delay? >> reporter: that delay, they had no safeguards in place. they had no way to correct this. this isn't just one person or a couple of people, this is a systemic problem and they are working to correct it, david. >> all right, in the meantime, i'll see you and george later tonight. still ahead here on "world news tonight," the triple play happening in the skyover night. something that hasn't been seen in the just more than a century. and the news coming in right now, a deadly chopper crash, slamming into a home. reports of multiple injuries. reports of multiple injuries. we'll be right back. e you out of the game for weeks, even if you're healthy. pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially serious bacterial lung disease
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wisconsin -- to counties where the difference between donald trump and hillary clinton was less than 1%. divided on election day, where are they now? monroe county, pennsylvania. jenny collins is a retired music teacher. >> he's delivering his promises. he made a promise to the american people. that's why they voted for him, and he is trying his best to deliver. >> reporter: you finish that sentence. the state of our union is -- >> in shambles. in shambles. >> reporter: sam nubile is upset with himself. do you still think about the election? >> i do, yes. because i feel dumb for myself, because i really didn't think to be that -- not detrimental. but it was like hillary or trump -- i stood in the middle of it, as always. >> reporter: john moore, working for the borough of east strasburg. >> right now, the market's doing really good. so -- i don't know, and this week, i got more money in my paycheck. i don't know if he had anything to do with that or not, but that's a good. >> reporter: in saginaw county, michigan, jimmy westbrook is a retired principal. >> the fear would be that small people will be forgotten.
he talks about the lost man, lost woman. they are lost right now because there's nothing for them. it's all for the rich. >> reporter: this mom shopping for her family. >> our state of the union at this moment is divisive. i think that's the word of the year at this moment. >> the state of our union is not where it should be right now. i think that we are kind of on a decline and i'm worried about the middle class and the impoverished and where they're going to end up. >> the state of our union is positive. i think the president's doing a great job. he could curb some of his comments, maybe, but that's not for me to say. >> reporter: and in wisconsin tonight, paul and lisa newman from baraboo. >> the state of our union is really polarized and very divided. and we can't survive if we
continue down this path. >> and we can do better. >> much better. >> reporter: but the owner in that diner sees it differently. jeff castree. >> i just hired staff on for this upcoming year, and i feel that we're going to have another great year. >> reporter: dan hiller is a former sheriff. >> i give him a high grade, because i believe he's trying to do everything that he wanted to do, which is something that's never happened in politics before that i've ever noun of, anyway. >> reporter: and there was mark greenway that owns the cafe. >> the state of your union is -- i just find it complicated right now, i see -- i see neighbors fighting neighbors over stupid stuff right now. i mean, the economy's strong and we're all s
. the state of our precious union is flaractured, it's dwighted. >> the state of the our union is looking up. >> we are just two hours away from president trump's first official state of the union address, the white house says the tony will be uniting and ambitio ambitious. >> reporter: president trump has been probable cauacticing his s unlike the carnage seen in his inaugural address, we should expect his address to be uplifting. >> the state of our union is going in the right direction. >> reporter: members of congress are making their asessionments. >> the state of our